Headliner: Jon Connor
Representing: Flint, Michigan
Mixtape: Unconscious State
Real Spit: When it comes to lyrics, Jon Connor is as skilled as any rapper in the game, but there is a stigma that comes it. The assumption is that many lyricists fall short at songwriting, but not the Flint Michigan, MC; he proves it on his latest project, Unconscious State. Read the full story at MTV News.
Fire Starter: Hardo
Hardo has seen hard times, but it looks like he will finally be able to put it all behind him. Lucky for him, he wasn't just blessed with rap talent, but has a couple high-powered friends who are able to help.
The 21-year-old Pittsburgh native has the backing of his childhood buddy Mac Miller and T.I. as well. "Both parties, they're helping me get out of my situation and I respect it," Hardo told Mixtape Daily. Read the full story at MTV News or check out the video above.
Chance the Rapper caught up with MTV News' Mixtape Daily to shed some insight on his latest project Acid Rap and he took some time to break down an important verse on the track "Everybody's Something."
"Everybody's Something": "I used to tell h--s I was dark light or off white, but I'll fight if a n---a said that I talk white/ And both my parents was black but they saw it fit that I talk right/ With my drawers hid but my hard head stayed in the clouds like a lost kite."
In the video above, hear Chance explain why someone accusing him of "talking white" meant that a fight was inevitable and why he used to tell girls that he was bi-racial.
Headliner: Chinx Drugz and DJ Drama
Representing: Queens, New York
Mixtape: Cocaine Riot 3
Real Spit: There are some who recognize Chinx Drugz simply as French Montana's right-hand man, but those who are truly in the know understand that the Queens, New York, MC's rhyme potential makes him a star in his own right. Read the full story at MTV News or check out the video above.
Mixtape Daily Main Pick
Headliners: ItsTheReal and DJ Drama
Representing: New York
Mixtape: Urbane Outfitters
Real Spit: Rakim famously rapped "I ain't no joke," but the comedy duo ItsTheReal have either never heard it or completely disregarded the R's hip-hop teachings. Read the full story at MTV News or watch them preview the tape in the video above.
Mixtape Daily Main Pick
Headliners: Fred the Godson and the Heatmakerz
Representing: Bronx, New York
Real Spit: Fred the Godson has been steadily building a calculated career with lyric-stuffed mixtapes and underground head-nodders, but on his latest mixtape, Contraband, there was no well-thought-out plan. The Bronx, New York, MC just found a vibe and went with it. Read the full story at MTV News or check out the video above.
By Rob Markman, with reporting by Ade Mangum
After some hearty build-up, Chicago MC Rockie Fresh has finally delivered his Maybach Music mixtape debut Electric Highway on Monday (January 21). Read More...
By Rob Markman
Artist: Future, Free Bandz and DJ Drama
Representing: Atlanta, GA
Mixtape: Future Presents FBG: The Movie
Real Spit: If there is a ceiling in the rap game, it's of little concern to Future. After a breakout year where the Astronaut Kid dropped his major-label debut, clocked a top five rap single and logged a high-profile collaboration with Rihanna, Future is looking to take things a level higher. Read More...
By Georgette Pierre
Young producer extraordinaire, Mike Will Made-It, has been making as much noise as possible, and he's finally unveiled his mixtape Est. In 1989 (Part 2.5). Pulling out on the stops, the tape features Kelly Rowland, Young Jeezy, 2 Chainz, DJ Drama, Big Sean, Lil Wayne, Future, French Montana, Brandy, Rihanna, and many more. Read More...
By Rob Markman
Headliner: Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era
Representing: Brooklyn, New York
Mixtape: Peep the Aprocalypse
Real Spit: Just in case the Mayans were right and the world comes to an end on December 21, 2012, teenage Brooklyn MC Joey Bada$$ wants to make sure he and his Pro Era crew get a chance to carve out their place in the annals of rap before it's all over. Read the full story at MTV News.